Michigan CEO Leaves on a High Note as the 2014 TEC Inspirational Leader of the Year

Michigan CEO Leaves on a High Note as the 2014 TEC Inspirational Leader of the Year

DeWitt, MI – (April 23, 2014) – Call it luck or perfect timing, but either way, DENTCO CEO Kevin Dent is leaving on a high note. Dent recently announced his retirement and shortly after The Executive Committee (TEC) of Michigan named him the recipient of its 2014 Inspirational Leader of the Year Award.

Dent said, “I am honored to receive the Inspirational Leader of the Year Award; this is a testament to our team of people who have worked hard to make DENTCO a leader in the Exterior Services Management® (ESM®) industry. For more than 30 years, DENTCO has transformed the industry through our company belief in people, processes and technology.”

DENTCO got its roots as a family-run business in 1977 when older brother Greg Dent founded a full-service landscape installation and maintenance company named Trees, Incorporated. Then in 1983, they acquired a regional parking lot maintenance company and incorporated an irrigation company shortly thereafter. In 1996, the integration of snow removal, landscaping, parking lot maintenance and irrigation acquisitions established the core services of DENTCO’s ESM model.

DENTCO Chairman, Greg Dent said, “When we named Kevin CEO in 2001, the company experienced considerable growth, and to this day maintains a 99 percent customer retention rate. I am grateful for Kevin’s leadership, I am proud of him for this award, and I know it’s selfish, but I am really looking forward to his retirement so we can spend more time together. Not sure what I did to deserve such a great brother and leader to run the family business for so long, but I want to thank him for everything from the bottom of my heart.”

Coincidentally, 12-year DENTCO veteran and former COO, Scott Milnes, was named the new President in 2013 and Greg’s son, Justin Dent, (another 19-year DENTCO veteran) was named the new COO.

Milnes commented, “I know I have some big shoes to fill, but I also know the entire team here will make it happen together, as always. On behalf of everyone at DENTCO, we want Kevin to know how proud we are of him and we will carry the torch that he so vigorously ignited.”

For the business itself, the warmer weather means early blooms in various regions and switching over to landscape maintenance, while, in some cases, budgeting for increases in spending, converting snow budgets into green budgets. This gives us an opportunity to spruce things up a bit and improve the exterior curb appeal in many locations that has often been overlooked the past three years with cut backs. This is a time to reinvest and make a capital improvement to the assets that serve the community at large.

For the population, the unusually warm winter could cause wide spread drought, impacting our drinking waters and our crops across this country creating fluctuations in the cost of goods we buy every day and impacting us nationwide.

“At this point, we can only hope for Old Man Winter to make a comeback in the month of March; otherwise, we will have a very unusual seasonal transition with many unknowns ranging from environmental issues to financial puzzles as we attempt to predict our exterior services for 2013″. As usual, we will do our best to keep our national retailers ahead of the curve, and work with them to adjust to Mother Nature and a discombobulated seasonal dent in the exterior continuum”, Dent said.

DENTCO is the 1st Exterior Service Management Company in the United States. With over 30 years of experience with retail store and facility exteriors, they offer online portfolio management for snow and ice control, parking lot maintenance, landscaping, irrigation, and various other ESM services.

For more information on DENTCO, call 800-993-3689